It’s time for Take Five, when HOH sits down to chat with a member of Congress over five fun questions. This week, retiring Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., talks about leaving Washington and giving back.
Q: What are your plans after Congress?
A: I want to work part time from home, and I’m not going to lobby and I’m not going to live in D.C. I want to do something where I feel like I can still make a difference on issues I care about. I look forward to a normal life where I don’t work 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my grandkids, if they have a play or a game.
Q: You were mayor of Charlotte before serving in the House. What was the biggest adjustment in your transition from mayor to legislator?
A: When I was mayor, I had a bully pulpit and I only had 11 council members. I had a small number of people to convince when I had an idea, but in Congress, you’re one of 535 people so you have to build such big coalitions to pass a piece of legislation.
Q: You never got a chance to finish college. If you could have gone back, what would you have majored in? Why?
A: I worked my first year in college, and my parents came to me and said we want to use this money to pay for your three brothers’ education. They said you’re just going to get married anyway, so I went to work and got my education in the school of hard knocks. I always wanted to be an attorney — that’s what I saw as a way to help people and solve problems, but instead I ended up going into public service helping people solve problems, which has been a joy.
Q: If you had won the $580 million Powerball jackpot, what would you have done with the money?
A: I would put money away for my great-grandchildren for their college education, and I would give it away. You know the guy who goes around and gives cash money to help people at Christmas time? Or someone who anonymously helps a program that’s struggling in their community?
Q: What’s your favorite book, political or otherwise?
A: Most of my life, my favorite book was “Gone with the Wind.”